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Hedge Fund Technology

Operations and industry trends for 2019

The same, better or worse? The global hedge fund industry endured a tricky 2018. Aggregate performance reversed into negative territory for the year, more hedge funds shut than opened, and fees, costs and margins remained under pressure. But what will 2019 hold?

Roger Woolman, Business Development Director, Asset Management & Alternatives, and Will Broadway, Sales Manager, Alternatives at SS&C Advent, talk about the key issues that we’re discussing with industry participants, and give their views on the major technology and operations trends most likely to affect the hedge fund sector in the coming year.

Will new tech or old tech come to the fore?

Technology has become a critical enabler for hedge fund managers and the service providers that support them. Managers increasingly rely on sophisticated front-office solutions to help achieve market-beating risk-adjusted returns. Meanwhile, automated and integrated middle- and backoffice infrastructures deliver the operating and compliance efficiencies hedge funds need to curb costs and maintain their profitability in an era of tightening fees.

With everyone looking for the slightest competitive edge, new technology innovations inevitably generate fevered interest. But despite the buzz around distributed ledger technology (DLT), artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and similar developments, most are yet to have much real-world impact—and probably won’t in the near to medium term.

“Look back to the developments that were talked about five or 10 years ago and many still aren’t widely adopted,” notes Broadway. “Even the shift to completely paperless processes hasn’t been fully achieved. Cloud, mobile, big data and systems consolidation have all been heavily discussed and promoted for some years, but adoption remains patchy. So it can take time for an innovation to graduate to a trend and then a real-world necessity.”

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